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Cold weather isn't all bad; after all, now we get three ice bars in the Third Ward.

Keep cool with the return of ice bars in the Third Ward on Jan. 24

I know: Considering it's currently -2 degrees outside in the middle of a vicious cold streak, the only toast we want to give winter is a frosty one-finger salute. But while we're expecting a bit of a thaw this weekend, thankfully it's not enough to melt away the Third Ward's upcoming Toast to Winter, building off of the St. Paul Fish Company's ice bar last year with not one, not two but three unique hand-carved ice bars to make a chilly night out on the town even cooler.

Originally set to open this Friday, the frosty festivities will now officially open on Wednesday, Jan. 24, on the corner of Broadway and St. Paul Avenue in the Third Ward. The three different ice bars – crafted out of 150 blocks of ice, weighing 23 tons – are all created by Guinness World Record holder Max Zuleta of Art Below Zero. Each bar will have a different unique ice feature, as St. Paul Fish Company will host a dynamic ice wall, Cafe Benelux will showcase both a 3-D lion Bloody Mary ice luge as well as an ice bier wall, and The Wicked Hop will contain an "elegant beer-serving cow." Makes sense.

Better yet, a portion of the proceeds from each of the ice bar features will go toward charity, with Cafe Benelux sponsoring the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, St. Paul Fish Company benefiting the Fisher House Foundation and The Wicked Hop supporting the ALS Association and Wisconsin Humane Society.

The three ice bars are expected to open to the public at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, with weather permitting (for real this time). So go bundle up and hit the ice bar(s) – because if we're going to be cold this winter, we might as well do it in the coolest way possible.


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